John Terry revealed that he will not be renewing his contract with Chelsea at the end of the season.
The Blues captain made the announcement following his sides 5-1 demolition of MK Dons in Sunday’s FA Cup fixture.
“I was in last week before the Arsenal game and it’s not going to be extended,” Sky Sports quotes the 35-year-old as saying.
“It’s my last run in the FA Cup so I want to make it a good one. It’s a big season for me and I want to push on – not just in this competition but in the Premier League as well. I knew before the Arsenal game so mentally I’ve kind of accepted it. We just have to move on.
“They said that when the new manager comes in, things might change. It’s a no at the minute. I needed to know now like I have done every January and sometimes it takes a couple of months to get done.
“Unfortunately it was a no. It’s not going to be a fairy-tale ending, I’m not going to retire at Chelsea. It’s going to be elsewhere, which it took me a couple of days to get over. But my performance isn’t going to change – the way I train, what I give for the club. I want to give everything and finish on a high, on 100 per cent good terms with the club.”
“We spoke about my legacy and coming back to the club when I finish. The most important thing now is to get us up the league.”
The star centre back added that Chelsea will be fine without him and that he is by no means indispensable.
“The club will move on,” he continued.
“No player is ever bigger than the club. Ideally I would have loved to stay, but the club’s moving in a different direction. No doubt they’ll sign one or two great centre-backs.
“I want to come back as a Chelsea supporter in years to come with my kids and see the team doing great. unfortunately that’s not going to be with me, but I want to see the team do well. It’s going to be my last year and I want to go out at the top.”
Terry – who has captained the Blues since 2008 – joined the club as a 17-year-old in 1998 and has notched up no less than 14 major trophies since then.